CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WCMH)-A Virginia first grader born without hands took home a first prize in a national handwriting contest.

Anaya Ellick attends Greenbrier Christian Academy in Chesapeake, Virginia. She earned the Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellence in Manuscript Penmanship back in April.

The contest was hosted by literacy organization Zaner-Bloser, who awarde Ayana a trophy and a check for $1,000.

Tracy Cox, principal of GCA, told the organization that Anaya was born without hands and does not use prosthetics.

She holds a pencil between her two arms and stands at her desk to get the proper angle needed for writing.

“Anaya is a remarkable young lady. She does not let anything get in the way of doing what she has set out to do,” said Cox. “She is a hard worker and has some of the best handwriting in her class. Her determination is an inspiration to all of us at GCA.”

The contest is open to students who have a cognitive delay or an intellectual, physical, or developmental disability.